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Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead

2010, Barbara Comyns


Barbara Irene Veronica Comyns Carr (born Barbara Irene Veronica Bayley; 27 December 1907 – 14 July 1992), known as Barbara Comyns, was an English writer and artist.

Born in Bidford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, to Margaret Eva Mary (née Fenn) and Albert Edward Bayley, Comyns was the fourth of six children. The family home was Bell Court, a manor on the banks of the River Avon. Her father was a Birmingham brewer and industrialist who died in 1922 when she was 15.

After her father's death, Bell Court was sold and Comyns left to attend art school, first in nearby Stratford-upon-Avon, then she moved to London to attend Heatherley School of Fine Art. In 1931 she married fellow artist and childhood friend John Pemberton, nephew of the London Group president and noted artist Rupert Lee. Comyns and her husband exhibited their work with the London Group of artists in November 1934. Comyns mixed amongst the artistic community of London and she knew Dylan Thomas and Augustus John. They had two children (a son, Julian, and a daughter, Caroline), but the marriage broke down around 1935.

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